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samia mehrez

NAME Samia Mehrez
NATIONALITY Egyptian/French
ADDRESS
Home AUC Hostel,
16 Muhammed Thaqib St.
Apt. 1004
Zamalek-Cairo- Egypt
Phone (202) 736-3765
Office Department of Arabic Studies (304)
American University in Cairo
113 Kasr el-Aini Street
Cairo, Egypt
Phone (202) 797-5046
Mobile 012-351-0648
E-MAIL samehrez@aucegypt.edu

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

1972-1977 B.A., American University in Cairo English Literature, Minor: Drama
1977-1979 M.A., American University in Cairo Comparative Literature, Major: English; Minor: Arabic. Thesis title: “Two Anti-Heroes: Leopold Bloom and Said Abu l-Nahs.”
1985 Ph.D., Comparative Literature, UCLA
Major: Modern Arabic literature. Minors: Modern English and French.
Ph.D. dissertation title: “Bricolage as Hypertextuality: Narrative Structure and Narrative Modes in the Works of the Contemporary Egyptian Writer Gamal al-Ghitani.”

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND (a brief selection)

1984-1990 Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Cornell University
1990-1994 Assistant Professor
American University in Cairo
Department of English and Comparative Literature
1995-2007 Associate Professor of Arabic Literature
American University in Cairo
Department of Arabic Studies
2007- Professor of Arabic Literature
American University in Cairo
Department of Arabic Studies

LANGUAGE COMPETENCIES

Arabic native
English as native
French excellent
Spanish/Italian working knowledge


AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED (a brief selection)

2000 International Who’s Who of Professionals
1996 Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Chair, nominee,
MIT
1992 Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professorship,
Northwestern University
1989 Fellow, American Research Center in Egypt
1987 Faculty Fellow, Society for the Humanities,
Cornell University
1982 UCLA Woman of the Year Award, nominee

PUBLICATIONS

PROFESSIONAL BOOKS


1-Egypt’s Culture Wars: Politics and Practice, Routledge, 2008.

2-Egyptian Writers between History and Fiction: Essays on Naguib Mahfouz, Sonallah Ibrahim and Gamal al-Ghitani, AUC Press, 1994.(Refereed) Reprinted, 2005.

3-Spoken Egyptian Arabic, Jeffrey Norton Publishers, 1985. (A complete self-instructional beginner's course in Egyptian Arabic; textbook and twelve, thirteen hour-cassette tapes). (Refereed)


CHAPTERS AND ARTICLES IN PROFESSIONAL JOURNALS

1-”Irony in Joyce's Ulysses and Habibi's Pessoptimist,” ALIF, No. 4, 1984, pp. 33-54. (Arabic, refereed)

2- “Al-Zayni Barakat: Narrative as Strategy,” Arab Studies Quarterly, Vol.8; No. 2, 1986, 120-141. (English, refereed)

3- “Sonallah Ibrahim and the Hi(story) of the Book,” in Bulletin du CEDEJ, No. 25, 1st sem., 1989, pp.141-154.(French, by invitation) Has been translated into Arabic, Fusul, Spring 1992. (By invitation)

4- “Respected Sir,” in Naguib Mahfouz: From Regional Fame to Global Recognition, eds. Michael Beard & Adnan Haydar, Syracuse University Press, 1993, pp.61-80. (English, refereed)

5- “The Subversive Poetics of Radical Bilingualism: Post-Colonial Francophone North African Literature,” in The Bounds of Race, ed., Dominick LaCapra, Cornell University Press, 1989, pp. 255-277. (English, refereed) Has been republished in Emergences: Group for the Study of Composite Cultures, UCLA, 1990. (English)

6- “Azouz Begag: Un di zafas di bidoufile (un des enfants de bidonville) OR The Beur Writer: A Question of Territory,” in Exile and Nomadism, eds., Françoise Lionnet & Ronnie Scharfman, Yale French Studies, 1993, pp. 25-42.(English, refereed)

7- “Experimentation and the Institution: The Case of Idâ'a 77 and Aswât,” in ALIF, No. 11, January 1991, pp. 115-140.(English, refereed) Has been republished in The View from Within, ed., Ferial Ghazoul & Barbara Harlow, AUC Press, 1995. (English)

8- “Writing the Village in Contemporary Egyptian Literature,” in Al-Mawaqif, Spring 1993. (Arabic, by invitation)

9- “Translation and the Post-Colonial Experience,” in Rethinking Translation: Discourse, Subjectivity, Ideology, ed., Lawrence Venuti, Routledge, 1992, pp. 120-137. (English, refereed)

10- “Re-writing the City: The Case of Khitat al-Ghitany,” in Mundus Arabicus, ed. Issa Boullata, 1993, pp. 143-168. (English, refereed)

11- “Amal Dunqul,” in Encyclopedia of World Literature, 1994. (By invitation)

12- “Yahya Tahar Abdallah between Orality and the Visual,” in Al-'Ayn: Journal of Plastic Arts, Cairo, 1997, pp. 230-235. (Arabic, by invitation)

13- “Abdel Hakim Qasim: A Critical Introduction,” Rites of Assent, trans. Peter Thoreoux, Temple University Press, 1995, pp.7-20. (English, by invitation)

14- “Writing the Nation: Latifa al-Zayyat between The Open Door and The Search,” in Literature and the Nation, Center for Arab Studies, Cairo, 1995, pp. 137-141. (Arabic, by invitation)

15- “Dr. Ramzy and Mr. Sharaf: Sonallah Ibrahim and the Duplicity of the Literary Field,” in Literature and Social Transformations, ed. Wa’el Hallaq, Brill, 2000, pp.262-283. (English, refereed) This is also Chapter Two in my forthcoming book, Egypt’s Culture Wars.

16- “Women, History, Memory: An Interview with Huda Lutfi,” in ALIF, No. 19, 1999, pp.223-244. (English)

17- “The Map of Writing: Introduction and Interview with Ahdaf Souief,” in ALIF, No. 20, 2000, pp.168-185. (Arabic, refereed)

18- “Take Them Out of the Ball Game: Egypt’s Cultural Players in Crisis,” in MERIP, June/July 2001, pp.10-15. (English, refereed) This is also the Prologue to my forthcoming book, Egypt’s Culture Wars.

19-“Where Have All the Families Gone: Literary Texts of the Nineties in Egypt,” in Arab Studies Journal, Summer 2002, pp. 31-49. (English, refereed) This is also Chapter Seven in my forthcoming book, Egypt’s Culture Wars.

20-“Ahmed de Bourgogne: The Impossible Autobiography of a Clandestine,” in ALIF 22, pp.36-71. (English, refereed)

21-“Image in Crisis: The Case of Hajj Metwalli series on Egyptian Television,” in Homeworks: Cultural Practices in the Arab Region, Beirut, 2002, pp.82-87. (Arabic, by invitation) This is being expanded and retranslated and will become Chapter Nine in my forthcoming book, Egypt’s Culture Wars.

22-“Writing Out of Place: Assia Djebar’s Fantasia and Ahdaf Souief’s The Map of Love,” in ALIF, 24, pp. 153-165. (Arabic, refereed)

23-“The New Kid on the Block: Bahibb Issima and the Emergence of the Coptic Community in the Public Sphere,” forthcoming in Icons, Images, and Ideologies of Religion and Nation: Secularism, Religious Nationalism, and the Public Sphere in Comparative Perspective, eds. Alev Cinar, Sripupa Roy & Maha Yahya, University of Michigan Press, forthcoming. (English, refereed) This is also Chapter Ten in my forthcoming book, Egypt’s Culture Wars.

24-“The Big One: The Intellectual and the Political in Modern Egyptian Literature,” MIT EJMES, Vol. 4, 2004, pp. 30-40. (English, by invitation) This has been expanded and has become Chapter Three in my forthcoming book, Egypt’s Culture Wars.

25-“Umm Edward (Hilda) who Begot him for us,” Fusul, Summer 2004, pp. 216-227. (Arabic, refereed)

26-“Translating Gender between the Local and the Global,” in Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Indiana University Press, Vol. 3, No 1, 2007. (English, refereed) This is also Chapter Six in my forthcoming book, Egypt’s Culture Wars. This article has also been solicited for Critical Concepts: Translation Studies, ed. Mona Baker, Routledge 2008.

27-“From the Hara to the ‘Imara: Emerging Urban Metaphors in Contemporary Literary Texts on Cairo,” forthcoming in Cairo Hegemonic, eds. Diane Singerman & Paul Amar, AUC Press, 2007. (English, refereed) This is also Chapter Eight in my forthcoming book, Egypt’s Culture Wars.

28-“Found in Cairo: The Limits of Representation in the Visual Field,” in Visual Practices and Public Subjects in the Middle East and South Asia, eds. Srirupa Roy, Maha Yahya & Alev Cinar, University of Florida Press, forthcoming. (English, refereed) This is also Chapter Ten in my forthcoming book, Egypt’s Culture Wars.


TRANSLATIONS

1-Abdel Hadi al-Gazzar: an Egyptian Painter (translation of the poetry by and about the Egyptian painter Al-Gazzar in a collective, trilingual volume on his life and work), Dar al-Mustaqbal al-Arabi, 1990, pp.28-45. (English)

2-“Intertextual Dialectics: An Interview with Gamal al-Ghitany,” in The View from Within, ed., Ferial Ghazoul & Barbara Harlow, AUC Press, 1995. (English)

3-Gayatri Spivak, “Subaltern Studies: Deconstructing Historiography,” translation and critical introduction, in Alif, No. 18. 1998, pp.122-156. (Arabic)

4-Sonallah Ibrahim, “Cairo from Edge to Edge,” translation from the Arabic, in Cairo from Edge to Edge, AUC Press, 1998, pp.6-20. (English)


REVIEW ARTICLES

1- “Sherif Hatata, The Net,” MESA Bulletin, Fall, 1987.

2- “Arab Women Writers and Autobiography,” in Nour: Quarterly Review of Books by and on Arab Women, Cairo, Winter, 1995. (Arabic)

3-“A Myriad of Leaves,” Ahram Weekly, December 20-26, 2001.

4-“Somaya Ramadan’s Leaves of Narcissus,” Nur, Autumn, 2002. (Arabic)


OTHER PUBLICATIONS

1-“ De L'Or de Paris aux Mille et un ecrivains du Caire,” introduction; “Gamal Ghitani,” “Salwa Bakr,” bio-bibliographies, Belles Etrangères: Egypte (Ministère de la Culture: Paris, 1994). (French)

2-“The Day the Leader was Killed by Naguib Mahfouz,” trans., Ibrahim Fathi, Akhbar al-Adab, October 22, 1994. (Arabic)

3-“Sonallah Ibrahim and the Duplicity of the Literary Field,” Al-Ahram Weekly, 1997. (English)

4-“Three Papers for Latifa al-Zayyat,” Akbar al-Adab, 1997. (Arabic)

5-“Image in Crisis: The Case of Hajj Metwalli series on Egyptian Television,” in Homeworks: Cultural Practices in the Arab Region, Beirut, 2002. (Arabic)

6-“No more Chit Chat on the Nile,” Ahram Weekly, December 13-19, 2001. (English)

7-“The Document of Incrimination: A Reading of the Al-Khubz al-Hafi Crisis,” in Al-Adab, November, 2002. (Arabic)

8-“What I did not Tell Edward: Homage to Edward Said,” in Al-Adab, November, 2003.

9-“Sonallah Ibrahim and the Value of Freedom,” Ahram Weekly, October, 2003. This has been expanded and has become Chapter Four in my forthcoming book, Egypt’s Culture Wars.

10-“Children of Our Alley: Mahfouz Award Fuels Schism in Egyptian Literary Field,” Al-Jadid, Fall, 2002. (English) This has been expanded and has become Chapter One in my forthcoming book, Egypt’s Culture Wars.

11-“Under Egyptian Eyes,” introduction to the catalog for the collective exhibit Occidentalism, curated by Karim Francis, Cairo, May 2007.


CONFERENCES, LECTURES, WORKSHOPS & ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

1995-2005

“Writing the Nation: Latifa al-Zayyat between The Open Door and The Search,” a paper presented at the Literature and the Nation Conference, Center for Arab Research, November 1995. (In Arabic)

“(Re)membrance of Things Past: Arab Women Writers and Autobiography,” a paper presented on the AUC panel Contemporary Studies on Egyptian Culture, History and Gender, MESA, Washington D.C., December 1995. (In English)

“The Nation in Latifa al-Zayyat’s Works,” a lecture presented to the CASA Program, American University in Cairo, December 1996. (In Arabic)

“Dr. Ramzi and Mr. Sharaf: Sonallah Ibrahim and the Duplicity of the Egyptian Literary Field,” paper presented at the Colloquium on the Politics of Culture in Arab Societies in an Era of Globalization, Princeton University, May 1997. (In English)

“Three Papers for Latifa al-Zayyat,” paper presented at the Latifa al-Zayyat Conference, Greater Cairo Library, March 1997.

“Les Femmes dans le Monde Arabe à travers Femmes de sable et de myrrhe par Hanan al-Shaykh, ” “Langues et Dialectes,” “Langue Arabe et vie quotidienne,” three lectures presented at the Séminaire Moyen-Orient, organized by Gilles Kepel, Sharm el-Sheikh, November 1997. (In French)

“The Arab Novel and History,” Round Table Discussion, at the first Arab Novel Conference, organized by the Higher Council for Culture, Greater Cairo Library, February 1998. (In Arabic)

“The Future of Arab Culture,” Round Table Discussion, at The Future of Arab Culture Conference, organized by the Institute for Trans-regional Studies at Princeton University, Granada, Spain, May 1998. (In Arabic)

“Women and Memory Forum: A Roundtable Discussion,” panelist at the Malak Hifni Nassef Conference, Greater Cairo Library, October 1998. (In Arabic)

“Reading Mahmoud al-Wardani’s Al-Rawd al-‘atir,” panel presentation at the Cairo International Book Fair, December 1998. (In Arabic)

“The Monkey Trainer: Al-Khubz al-hafi Crisis Considered,” a lecture for the Philosophy Club, American University in Cairo, March 1999. (In English)

“Hanan al-Shaykh’s The Story of Zahra,” Core Curriculum Lecture, AUC, Fall, 2000 and Spring 2001. (In English)

“The Big One: The Intellectual and the Political in Modern Arabic Literature,” paper delivered on a panel I organized entitled Censorship and the Arab Imaginary, MESA, Florida, 2000. (In English)

“Four Women of Egypt,” panel discussion on the documentary film by Tahani Rached, Women and Memory Forum, Cairo, February 1999. (In Arabic)

“Four Women of Egypt,” discussion leader for the documentary film by Tahani Rashed, IGWS Film Series, AUC, Fall 2000. (In English)

“Where Have All the Families Gone: Egyptian Literary Texts of the Nineties,” a paper presented at the Arab Families Working Group, AUC Social Science Research Center, May 2000. (In English)

“Somaya Ramadan’s Leaves of Narcissus,” paper delivered at the Greater Cairo Library, December 2001. (In Arabic)

“Somaya Ramadan’s Leaves of Narcissus,” panel chair and discussant, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, December 2001. (In Arabic)

“In the Eye of History: Ahdaf Souief Writes the Nation,” paper delivered at Literature and History Conference, University of Qayrawan, Tunisia, April 2002. (In Arabic)

“Image in Crisis: The Case of Hajj Mitwalli’s Family,” paper delivered at Homeworks: Cultural Practices in the Arab Region, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, April 2002. (In Arabic)

“Children of Our Alley: The AUC Naguib Mahfouz Award and the Egyptian Literary Field,” paper delivered at Naguib Mahfouz Conference, New York University, May 2002. (In English)

Reading Naguib Mahfouz’s The Day the Leader was Killed, a series of online lectures and discussion sessions as Distance Learning Instructor in a course on Nobel Literature, Feirleigh Dickinson University, USA, Fall 2002. (In English)

“Translating Gender,” keynote address, IGWS international conference on Gendered Bodies, Transnational Politics: Modernities Reconsidered, American University in Cairo, December 2003. (In English)

“Arabic Literature in Translation,” chair and discussant of the AUC Press Panel, Cairo International Book Fair, December 2004.

“Lost in Globalization: Education and the Stranded Egyptian Elite,” paper presented at the Cultural Sovereignty: The Humanities and Globalization Workshop, the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), University of Minnesota, October 2004. (In English)

“The New Kid on the Block: Bahibb Issima (I love Cinema) and the Emergence of the Coptic Community in the Egyptian Public Sphere,” paper presented at the workshop on Secularism, Religious Nationalism, and the State: Visual Practices in the Public Sphere in Comparative Perspective, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, October 2004. (In English)

“Found in Cairo: The Limits of Representation in the Visual Field,” paper presented at the workshop Secularism, Religious Nationalism and the State: Visual Practices and Public Subjects, Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, April 2005. (In English)

“From the hara to the 'imara: Emerging Urban Metaphors in the Literary Production of Contemporary Cairo,” paper presented at the Cairo Papers in Social Sciences Annual Symposium From Modernism to Neo-liberalism: Transformations in Middle Eastern Urban Landscapes, the American University in Cairo, May 2005. (In English)

“Academic Freedom in America: The Case of Columbia University’s Joseph Massad,” panel presentation at the Center for American Studies and Research, at the American University in Cairo, May 2005. (In English)

IGWS Thesis Writing Workshop for AUC Graduate Students, organizer and participant May 2005.

“Taboos: The Limits of Representation in Contemporary Egypt,” paper presented at Zawaya Cultural Encounters, Beirut, November 2005. (In Arabic)

“The Battle for Culture: Egypt at the Turn of the 21st Century,” paper presented at the Dean of HUSS Lecture Series, AUC, February 2006. (In English)

“Nadine Gordimer: The Image and the Word,” moderator for workshop with the Nobel Laureate, AUC, December 4, 2006. (In English)

“From the hara to the ‘imara: Emerging Urban Metaphors in Contemporary Literary Texts on Cairo,” AUC Trustees Renaissance Weekend, El Gouna, February 2007.

“Translating Gender between the Local and the Global,” First International Forum on Translation and Activism, University of Granada, Spain, April 28-30, 2007.

“Salah Jahin’s Al-layla al-Kabira between Populist and Nationalist Aspirations,” paper presented at an international conference on Pre-modern Performance in the Eastern Mediterranean, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, June 7-9, 2007.

“Translation, Gender and Agency,” paper presented at the workshop on Nation and Translation, European Academy, Berlin, June 17-20, 2007.

SERVICE
1995-2005

DEPARTMENT AND SCHOOL

1995-96 Assistant to the Chair, Department of Arabic Studies

1995-96 University Senate, DAS representative

1995-96 Student Affairs Committee, DAS representative

1995-96 Assistant Editor, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

1995-96 HUSS Dean’s Advisory Committee on Gender/Women’s Studies

1995-96 Steering Committee for the Third Annual Conference on Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Mediterranean

1996-97 Chair, Long Range Planning Committee: Library and Learning Technologies

1998- Present AUC Press Publications Committee

2000-02 Unit Head, Literature an Islamic Studies, DAS and Coordinator of curricular changes in the LIS Unit’s course offerings

2001-02 Liaison Officer, University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) at AUC

2002-Present AUC Press Advisor for Arabic Literature in Translation Series

2003-04 AUC Press Advisor for the One Hundred Volume Library in Arabic Literature in Translation

2003-Present Chair, AUC Naguib Mahfouz Literary Translation Award

2003-04 Unit Head, Literature and Islamic Studies, DAS

2003-04 Committee member, Magda al-Nowaihi Graduate Student Award in Gender Studies

2003-04 Chair, Tenure Committee for Frank Bradley (PVA)

2004-Present Chair, Magda al-Nowaihi Graduate Student Award in Gender Studies Committee

2004-Present IGWS Advisory Committee

2005-07 Mellon Committee for the AUC Core Curriculum


STUDENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

1997-1999 Served on the Committee on Language and Literary Studies, Higher Council for Culture

1997-1998 Reader, Selection Committee for The Arab Novel Award,
Higher Council for Culture

Served on the Committee for The National Encouragement Prize, Higher Council for Culture

Served on the Committee for The National Hoda Shaarawi Competition for Youth, Higher Council for Culture

2001-02 Faculty Advisor, Art for Change Student Club

2001- Faculty for Palestine at AUC, founding member. Within this context, I have participated in organizing several rallies and marches at AUC, besides several interviews with national, regional and international media. I have also served in the following capacities:

§ Steering Committee for AUC Friends of Birzeit Scholarship. We raised $30,000 for a perpetual scholarship at Birzeit University.
§ Steering Committee for Year of Palestine 2002-03: A Calendar of Cultural Events.
§ Steering Committee for Al-Ruwwad Initiative: a Palestinian children’s theatre group From Aida Camp, Bethlehem we successfully invited to AUC in May 2002 against all odds. Working with the Ford Foundation and Canada Fund, we raised more than L.E. 120,000 to invite the troupe to perform at AUC.
§ Organized two painting exhibitions during 2002-03 in solidarity with the Palestinian Intifadah: “From Egypt to Palestine,” by Spanish international artist, Xavier Puigmarti and “Colors of Palestine,” by Syrian international artist, Adib El Fattal. Both were very successful fundraising events.
§ Organized and coordinated several lectures and cultural events including: Randa Ghazi’s reading and presentation of Dreaming Palestine, Mustafa Hasnawi’s documentary film Palestinian Writers in the Diaspoa, Mona Baker’s lecture Palestine between the Ivory Tower and the Real World.

2001-03 Advisory Board, AUC Cairo to Camps Initiative, an AUC student initiative that works yearly with Palestinian refugee children in Lebanon.

2002-03 Coordinator, Magda al-Nowaihi Award fundraising campaign

2004-Present Vice Chair, Board of Directors, SSEE (Studio Emad El Din) an independent rehearsal and workshop space based in Cairo for performing and visual arts with regional and international collaboration

2004-Present Sawiris Literary Award Committee

2005-06 Faculty Advisor, The Bussy Project, an AUC women’s initiative to raise awareness among AUC students with regard to gender issues and problems.

1996-2006 I have served as reader for Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, Fusul Literary Journal, Journal of Arabic Literature, Harvard University Press, Chicago University Press, and AUC Press.

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